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Buckwheat Honey And It’s Health Benefits

Buckwheat honey

Buckwheat honey is one of the most valuable honeys native to Europe when it comes to health benefiting properties. It also is one of the rarest, because of decreasing number of buckwheat plantations.

The sources of nectar are white or pink buckwheat flowers, which blossom in July and August. While liquid, the honey becomes very dark, almost black sometimes. It catalyzes very slowly crating uneven thick and grain form. Once crystallized, it brightens into a black tea color.

It has a very pleasant buckwheat smell, which at the same time is intensive, strong and slightly spicy.

It contains microelements, again, typical to buckwheat. In comparison to bright honeys, it contains more magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus, nickel, bohrium, iodine and cobalt. If buckwheat honey is freshly extracted, it has: 51.6% fructose, 46.59% glucose and 0.27% sucrose.  There has been established that there is a lot of vitamin C (2.9 – 11.9mg %), B1, B2 and PP.  When it comes to the enzymes, content of the buckwheat honey is the richest among other Polish honeys. It has very high antibiotic qualities. According to research, its antibiotic characteristic is slightly better than Manuka honey’s (bear in mind that these two honeys have other differentiating qualities).

Health benefit qualities.

  1. Atherosclerosis prevention and treatment.
    Thanks to the high quantity of easily absorbing magnesium, it regulates neural tension and heart rate. Glucose and fructose are easily absorbed by body and nourish muscles, including the heart muscle. Enzymes called Flavonoids increase elasticity and endurance of capillary which reduces the risk of sclerosis in blood vessels. Another enzyme – Quercetin, absorbs free radicals which, among other harmful qualities, are responsible for sclerosis.
  1. Liver detox.
    High quantity of monosaccharaides (fructose and glucose) especially in freshly extracted honey, nourish liver cells. Buckwheat honey contains more choline than other honeys which is necessary for proper metabolism.
  1. Diabetes mellitus type 2.
    Thanks to high quantity of fructose buckwheat honey (like acacia honey) is recommended for people who suffers from diabetes mellitus type 2.
  1. Microcytic anemia (iron deficiency anemia).
    Because of high quantity of easily absorbed iron and vitamin C this honey is recommended as a prevention or treatment of iron deficiency anemia.
  1. Bacterial infections prevention and treatment.
    According to a research made inPulawy,Poland, this honey has high antibiotic qualities against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. On a scale from 0 – 5, it scored 4!!! It also has been proven that the qualities remained the same, both in freshly extracted and 6 months old honey kept in various conditions.
  1. Other qualities:
  •  Some authors claim that this kind of honey improves health during pulmonary diseases, especially the ones which cause high body temperature
  • It has been claimed that consumption of buckwheat honey improves recovery after surgical procedures with high blood loss. That might be associated with high iron, vitamin C content and presence of certain enzymes in the honey.
  • It decreases fracture and wound healing time.
  • According to one Slovenian research buckwheat consumption resulted in increased hemoglobin content. That again proves high iron quantities in the honey.

Remember that only natural raw honey would have these quantities. As you can see the fresher the honey, the better it is. In this case, good local beekeeper or trusted supplier are invaluable.

Please bear in mind that if you are planning to use any kind of treatment, including honey therapy, consult your doctor first. As with any treatment you might have underlying conditions and your physician will be able to prescribe you the best treatment.

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12 Responses to “Buckwheat Honey And It’s Health Benefits”

  1. elaine dolce 14 April, 2013 at 00:55 #

    i would like to know if this honey is good for the stomach for digestion and
    can i take multivitamin with this or not…
    i am 63 years old can i take this everyday because of the high iron content or which honey is best for me to take.ihave digestive problems also

    • Adam 15 April, 2013 at 15:07 #

      Of course it is good for you, children and everyone else! Digestion treatment with honey has been known for centuries. It helps with ulcers, constipation, nausea to name a few. What is more, honey provides your immune system with great help by fighting all those bacterias and antioxidants.
      As in your case – I wouldn’t worry too much about iron or other vitamins overdose as you would really have to intake lots of them to make it happen. Honey is natural, and therefore its micro-elements are the purest source of vitamins for humans.
      You can eat honey as you like – just by spoon right from the jar, or you can add some to your favourite beverage. But be careful – do not add honey to hot drinks, because it will break all its healthy qualities. Add id to slightly warm tea with, for example – lemon juice.

      I hope this will help you. Take care.

  2. Gordon 12 July, 2013 at 15:50 #


    I’d like to buy some buckwheat honey for my personal consumption – 40g per day (1.2kg per month). What would the price be for 7kg, delivery to Brussels, Belgium?

    Thanks and regards,

    Gordon Buhagiar

  3. Margarethe 14 July, 2013 at 13:37 #

    It’s actually a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m happy that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Krystian 24 July, 2013 at 21:28 #

      Hi Margarethe,

      I’m glad you have enjoyed the reading. There will be more honey post coming soon.

  4. john 12 September, 2013 at 07:32 #

    How about kidney disease any help full or harm ?

    • Adam 12 September, 2013 at 10:51 #

      No honey should harm your internal organs (unless you are allergic to honey), it can only make you feel better. However, each honey type is best for different illnesses. While buckwheat honey is great for clearing circulatory system (especially with arteriosclerosis), oilseed rape honey is considered to be most suitable for kidney, liver, pancreas, digestive system and gastric ulcers treatment. It can also lowers the blood pressure and manages the potassium levels in our bodies. But please be aware that you should see your doctor before any self-treatment.

      • Athel 13 May, 2014 at 19:19 #

        Thank you very much for this wonderfully informative article. May I ask how you know that rapeseed honey is considered to be the most suitable for kidney and gastric ulcer treatment? What is your source on that?

        • Krystian 13 May, 2014 at 22:07 #

          Hello and welcome to our blog.

          Oilseed rape honey is recommended as a supportive treatment for kidney and urinary system problems because of a low content of bio-elements and the presence of essential oils.
          If it comes to gastric ulcers this kind of honey it speeds up healing process of inflammatory conditions in stomach and duodenum.

          The source of the information is Polish monthly periodical “Beekeeping” May 2001 issue.

  5. Kristen Fox 16 May, 2014 at 06:17 #

    Is buckwheat honey safe for infants? It was recommended earlier for children. On the label of buckwheat honey it warns not to give to infants under 1 year. Thoughts? Cautions? I would like to help my baby with loosening congestion and relief from her cough. And if I were to use it for cough, how often would I use it? Thank you!

    • Krystian 17 May, 2014 at 21:57 #

      Hello Kristen and welcome to our blog.

      Any honey can contains spores of Clostridium botulinum bacterium which could cause infant botulism if given to a child under one. Botulism is extremely rare however – only 80 to 100 reported cases in USA each year.
      Once the child is older their immune system is mature enough to deal with the bacterium.
      Unfortunately there is no way to remove the spores without caramelizing the honey which itself ruins the honey’s health properties.

      If it comes to dosage, it is recommended for children to eat 3-6 tea spoons of honey (25-50g) per day. Usually it is dissolved in warm water, milk or tea.
      Please be aware that you should see your doctor before any self-treatment.

      I hope that helps.

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